Staines Preparatory School

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Staines Preparatory School
Motto Educating Today's Children for the Challenges of Tomorrow
Established 1935
Type Independent preparatory day school
Founders Mr & Mrs Burges
Location 3 Gresham Road
TW18 2BT
England Coordinates: 51°25′52″N 0°29′56″W / 51.43104°N 0.49885°W / 51.43104; -0.49885
Local authority Surrey
DfE URN 125414
Students 334
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–11/12

Staines Preparatory School (SPS) is a co-educational independent day school in the Knowle Green area of Staines-upon-Thames, England. Its pupils are boys and girls aged 2.5 - 11.

Roll and Fees[edit]

As of 2013, the student body numbered 334, 128 girls and 206 boys. The day fees for the school are c. £3,000 - £3,900 per annum with a foreign trip including in the upper school. The fees include books, stationery, lunches for all day sessions and all compulsory non-residential visits.


The School was founded in 1935 by Mr Cyril Burges & Miss Elizabeth 'Betty' Hanson who married in 1937, spending their lives working at the school, growing it considerably and having no children. It remained proprietarial until 1987 when Mrs Burges[n 1] secured the long-term future of the School by creating Staines Preparatory School Trust, a charitable company controlled by the governors.[1][2]

The School began as a boys school but began during World War II to admit girls in order that siblings could attend.[3] As such SPS is a long-standing co-educational independent school.

Staines Prep opened on part of the existing site at 1 Gresham Road on 8 May 1935 with just eleven pupils.

A peak of pupils on the roll was reached in 1991, at 419.


In 2002 SPS applied for and achieved accreditation to become a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS).


The School has three main building including additions of the Burges Wing and the 21st century Jubilee Wing. The school has

  • Floodlit professional courts of its own
  • Cricket nets
  • A large multi-functional hall, with retractable tier seating and retractable acoustic partition
  • Art, Design & Technology Suite
  • Science Suite
  • Music Room
  • Library
  • IT Suite

The local leisure centre is adjacent and is used for swimming lessons and certain PE/Games activities.


The Burges Bursary fund exists on a means-tested basis to assist parents on the lowest means in accessing the school's education with applications that must be submitted by early December for the following year's September entries.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Betty Burges was also county councillor for Staines from 1967-1985
  1. ^ Charity Commission reg. no. 296691
  2. ^ Staines Preparatory School: Past and Present, John Adamson
  3. ^ - a Brief History